National interest is one of the concepts that states commonly use when expressing their foreign policy objectives. The main reason why the concept can be used so commonly and still stimulate the social response is that the concept is formed by two of the most popular concepts in the discipline of international relations: “Nation” and “interest”. Per contra, the relevant concepts are among the most controversial concepts of international relations and cause the concept to become very ambiguous. The study is based on the assumption that the concept of national interest as a means of justifying their behavior in foreign policy. From this point of view, the Prime Ministerial Proposals submitted to the Turkish Grand National Assembly in order to obtain the authorization to carry out cross-border military operations in the post-Cold War period were preferred as a sample of the study. As a matter of fact, one of the arguments frequently used in the meetings held in the Assembly is again the concept of national interest. How the concept of national interest in Turkish foreign policy in the near term is interpreted by the method of comparing and analyzing the discourses used during the discussion of the Prime Ministerial Proposals will be evaluated in the final part of the study. It is aimed to contribute to international relations literature in order to make the concept of national interest more suitable for use in foreign policy analysis by embodying the concept in the framework of the foreign and regional policies of Turkey in the post-Cold War period.
National interest, Turkish foreign policy, Prime Ministerial Proposal, Post-Cold War